Five Things Friday: Missing Retail

I’ve been trying to come up with five things that I miss about retail and it’s harder than I thought. That’s probably because my new job is going so well. The funniest part is that for every one thing I miss about retail, there’s three things that I don’t.

Things I hate about retail:
When a customer puts their money on the counter or belt.
Screaming children
Customers who decide at check-out that they don’t want half the stuff.
Friday means nothing
Random shifts, always different
People in pajamas
Christmas music
Complaints about prices
Customers mentioning the nice weather outside

Specific to my last job:
It was always hot inside
Some people would talk your ears off
The carpet was stained and gross to look at
I spent too much money

Now I’m working full-time. I have to get up at a respectable hour, put my big girl pants on, and head out the door with a coffee that’s not quite strong enough for the whole day. So far, I’m enjoying learning how to use new programs and problem solve issues that arise.

Five Things I Miss About Retail

1. Co-Workers

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I worked with a surprisingly decent amount of good people. Most didn’t talk to me much (I don’t mind, I’m interesting enough inside my own head.) When my co-workers did talk to me, at least they had something interesting to say. Sure, there was some drama, but I enjoy hearing about people’s lives in small doses. Going on for ten minutes about negative family drama: boo! A few minutes of planning your Disney vacation: TELL ME MORE!

2. Regular Customers

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It means a lot to me when other people understand certain quirks about retail. You hand me your money, awesome. You count out 24 pennies, not so much. You carefully empty the contents of your cart on the belt, cool. You place the basket on the belt and expect me to empty it, grr! You smile, ask about my day, say please and thank you, and I’m going to look forward to you coming back. Come in wearing pajamas, smell awful, and start demanding things, I’m not going to be motivated to helping you much. Be polite, people!

3. Knowing Where Products Are Located

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This is a refined skill that you have to learn at every new retail job. What does the store sell? Where is it? Of course, it doesn’t help if the product is moved around from display to different display twice a week. Bonus, it helps if you can tell people where they can find fidget spinners (no, the dollar store doesn’t have them.)

4. Clearance Items

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There was never a whole lot on clearance at the dollar store, but it’s something I’m always on the lookout for.

5. Limited Edition Items

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I remember when the store got in Jell-O Creations. Oh. My. Yummy! There were some things that would come in and they would cost so much more elsewhere. Star Wars micro machines for $1, but $5 at KMart. Sweet! I’ll miss seeing all the great things that came in and got snatched up right away.

All in all, I don’t miss working in retail as much as I thought I would.

-Kristina Wise

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